Deltona, FL-A 29-year-old Deltona man was arrested less than a half-hour after holding up a Great Clips store on Elkcam Boulevard in Deltona on Wednesday night. Frederick Staats faces charges of armed robbery, aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license.
Reports say that Staats wore a hooded sweatshirt and a shirt wrapped around his face when he barged into the salon just after 8 P.M. on Wednesday, screaming for someone to open the cash register. Two customers were getting their hair done. One said he clearly saw a gun in Staats hand. Employees complied with the gunman’s demands and handed the money over.
Staats ran out of the store but dropped three ten-dollar bills along the way. His concealment efforts failed, as the shirt fell from his face and some of the witnesses got a good look at him
Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting the robbery at 8:16 P.M. An employee was able to give a very detailed description of the suspect and his getaway vehicle, a silver, four-door Kia Sorento with a plastic bag covering up the rear license plate. A deputy spotted the vehicle on Providence Boulevard but lost sight of the vehicle as it sped away.
At about 8:33 P.M., a resident on Darlington Avenue, about four miles from the hair salon, saw the vehicle abandoned in his back yard, the engine still running. A few minutes after that, a man rang the doorbell at a home on the next block over, on Enfield Street, asked to use the phone and offered a resident $20 if he would give him a ride. Deputies were alerted and rushed to the residence, where Staats was located in the driveway and immediately taken into custody at 8:45 p.m.
No shots were fired and no one was injured in the robbery. Staats is being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.
(Photo Courtesy of Volusia County Jail)
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